Once you have fully recovered from the anaesthesia and feel reasonably well in the recovery unit, you will be taken back to the ward.
It is very normal for you to feel exhausted, tired and hungry when you return back to the ward. It is also very common for you to feel cold and may even shiver. Your arm will be in a sling and there will be a pressure dressing over the shoulder. The size of pressure dressing is no reflection of the size of the puncture holes made during surgery.
It is not uncommon for one to feel pain at this stage. The level of pain will depend on the type of surgery and your individual pain tolerance. You may need more pain relief at this stage which unfortunately can also make you feel quite nauseous. In some instances, I will not give you a sling and will strongly encourage range of movement. (I.e. after frozen shoulder release surgery) which will help to ease the pain. Sometimes relaxing the straps of the sling and getting the arm straight may help with the pain in the initial stages. If the sling is not applied well (as you
were asleep or under anaesthetic), then the arm may not be supported and this may have to be readjusted to ease the pain.
Once you are feeling better with a stable pulse and blood pressure, you will be allowed to sit up and will be given something to eat and drink. Perhaps it will be good idea to start with water or a warm cup of tea or coffee. We would very much like to see you to get up and walk to the rest room, pass water and be able to get dressed with some help. It is likely that it will take 2-3 hours after coming back to ward that you will feel better and ready to go home.
If you were not been seen by the physiotherapist prior to the operation, they will visit you at this stage and help you to understand the exercises you need to do. You will be provided with contact details of your local physiotherapist. If necessary the physiotherapist will also make arrangements for any special instructions to be conveyed to them.